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Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Twitter rooting out fake accounts at record rate

Twitter rooting out fake accounts at record rate

Twitter has revealed that in May and June it suspended more than 70 million accounts as it continues its battle against trolls, fake profiles, bots and abuse.

As of the end of previous year, Twitter had 330 million monthly active users.

According to the Post, Twitter's spike in suspensions-which risk's the platform's growth-is in part an effort to purge bot accounts like those used by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election. McGowan has been vocal in supporting other women who have opened up about their own experiences with the producer and also criticising those who seemingly claim they weren't aware of the alleged harassment and assault.Twitter, however released a statement saying it had suspended the account because it included a private phone number, and the company is "proud to empower and support the voices on the platform, especially those that speak truth to power". The likely explanation was Twitter's "bot" criteria, that states that having a name in Cyrillic is a fact damning enough. "Free expression doesn't really mean much if people don't feel safe", she said.

'One of the biggest shifts is in how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else's speech, ' Harvey said. Then he blasted the publication the information came from. To give just one infuriating illustration, Twitter has until now failed to stem a torrent of fake accounts impersonating figures in and around the blockchain industry and trying to swindle users out of cryptocurrency.

The crackdown on suspicious accounts, which came amid mounting political pressure after Congress criticised Twitter for lax regulation on foreign-controlled fake accounts to spread false information that may impact United States domestic politics, Xinhua reported on Friday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller - the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director charged with investigating the matter - has accused a St. Petersburg-based troll factory, along with over a dozen Russian nationals, of saturating America's most prominent online platforms with fake accounts to exacerbate social and political tensions. The practice, known as "shadow banning", has been criticised as a "stealth method of censorship" aimed at silencing unfavorable political opinions. In one of its latest policy updates in May, Twitter rolled out new restrictive advertising policies in the US, barring users who are not actually within the country's territory from running political advertisements on the platform.

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